Posts • November 16, 2021

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in St. Louis County

St. Louis County has officially re-entered the CDC’s “High” Threshold for COVID-19 Community Transmission. The spread of COVID-19 in our community is increasing fast, and has jumped up 30% in a single week. 

While the number of COVID-19 cases has increased across all age groups and regions in the County, there has been a substantial increase in case rates among children ages 14 and under – and particularly among youth in the North, West, and South County regions.

This recent uptick poses a major risk to County residents young and old. We all must continue working together to protect one another and reduce the rate of transmission. 

“It is likely that this increase in cases has to do with large gatherings during Halloween, as well as the cold weather that we saw during the first week of November,” said Dr. Sam Page, in a recent statement. “It is a reminder to all that we are not out of the woods yet and we ​​must redouble our efforts to get vaccinated, wear masks when in public, and do everything in our power to  protect everyone in our community.”

Just like last year’s increase in dangerous COVID-19 cases, we are likely to see a surge as the weather gets colder and people spend more time indoors. The good news is that we have vaccines this year – but the current vaccination rate is not high enough to combat increasing community transmission. 

Children, particularly those 5-11 years old, now make up a high proportion of new COVID-19 cases. The St. Louis County Department of Health encourages all parents to get their children vaccinated, especially those between the ages of 5 and 11 who most recently became eligible. Vaccines have proven to be safe and effective in preventing severe disease and death from COVID-19, and are still free and widely available across the county.

The St. Louis County Department of Health urges you to continue to stay vigilant, and follow all safety protocols regarding COVID-19. As cases increase, we are all more likely to be exposed to the disease and its dangerous variants. 

Here’s what you can do to stay healthy as we approach the holiday season:

  1. Get yourself and your loved ones vaccinated! For fully vaccinated residents who received their last shot 6+ months ago, boosters are available to provide additional protection. 
  2. Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have had a recent exposure to a known COVID-19 case. If you do test positive, isolate to limit spreading the disease.
  3. Wear a mask and practice social distancing. We know these two actions are effective at slowing the spread. Please continue to do so when in public or densely populated spaces.

With the holidays coming up fast, now is the time to take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure we all can have a safe and healthy holiday season. To find a free vaccine for yourself or a loved one, please visit our vaccination page.